The National Park System Advisory Board are citizen advisors chartered by Congress to help the National Park Service care for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.
The Board was first authorized in 1935 under the Historic Sites, Buildings, and Antiquities Act. The Board advises the Director of the National Park Service and the Secretary of the Interior on matters relating to the National Park Service, the National Park System, and programs administered by the National Park Service, including the administration of the Historic Sites, Buildings, and Antiquities Act; the designation of national historic landmarks and national natural landmarks; and the national historic significance of proposed national historic trails. The Board may advise on matters submitted to the Board by the Director of the National Park Service and/or the Secretary of the Interior.
The Board's membership consists of no more than 12 individuals selected from among citizens of the United States having a demonstrated commitment to the mission of the National Park Service. Board members are selected to represent various geographic regions across the United States of America. Membership includes (1) four persons with outstanding expertise in the physical and/or social sciences, such as history or geography, archeology or anthropology, historical or landscape architecture, or biology, ecology, geology, or marine sciences, (2) three persons having outstanding expertise in management of national or state parks; forests, wildlife refuges, or other protected natural areas; historic areas or sites; or have an extensive background in natural or cultural resources management; and (3) five persons having outstanding expertise in professional or scientific disciplines that are important to the mission of the National Park Service, such as, financial management or business development; historical or recreational land use management or planning; business management, marketing or entrepreneurship; and of which at least one person also must have extensive private sector experience. Among all categories, at least one person must be a locally elected official from an area adjacent to a national park unit; and at least one person must be a veteran and/or have a physical impairment. Members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior for terms not to exceed four years.